World Bank Gives US$ 8.5M Grant for Health Sector

Sunday, 24th June 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Government of Liberia has signed an US$ 8.5 million grant with the World Bank to develop the countryís health sector. Finance Minister Dr. Antoinette Sayeh signed the grant on June 14, 2007 in the United States on behalf of the Liberian Government, making it the first time a donor has given money directly to the Government for the health sector.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was officially informed of this development by Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale, World Bank Country Representative Luigi Giovine and other officials of the Bank in the United States. She was also informed that a letter of acceptance of the conditions of the grant has been signed by Justice Minister Frances Johnson Sirleaf, thus putting the project into effect.

The World Bank Team Leader on the grant, Mr. Alexander Prekker, informed the President that the Bank hoped to bring some donors who made preliminary pledges at the Partnersí Forum in February 2007, to be more acquainted with the situation on the ground. The Bankís Country Representative Luigi Giovine assured that the project will begin effective immediately.

The Financial Management Program at the Ministry of Finance will manage the grant for 6 to 12 months until the Ministry of Health is cleared to manage it. The grant period is to last for three years. Under its terms, it will touch the areas of human resource, infrastructure as well as support system. It will also hire doctors, teachers as well as repair the A. M. Dogliotti School of Medicine and the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA).